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The Difference Between a Crossover and an SUV in Crittenden, KY

If you’ve thought that you need a vehicle a bit bigger than a sedan or hatchback, you might have considered SUV (sport utility vehicle) and crossover models. They have similarities in body style, sportiness and engine sizes, but they are not interchangeable. It is a common misconception that a crossover is just a type of SUV, and many manufacturers have blurred the lines of distinction between the two over the years. We're here to help you understand the difference between a crossover and an SUV.

It's All About The Platform

The essential difference between a crossover and an SUV is their frame. If the vehicle is based on a truck's platform, it's an SUV, and if it's based on a car's platform, it's a crossover. An SUV uses what’s called a body-on-frame construction, while a crossover is a unibody vehicle.

Body-On-Frame vs. Unibody

The body-on-frame method of carbuilding has been used since the Model-T. This style of design saves money because manufacturers can put different body styles on the same frame. Today, few vehicles aside from commercial vehicles, trucks and off-road vehicles are made this way. In contrast, unibody construction is when the vehicle's frame and body are part of the same structure. Unibody vehicles are a bit more complicated to make, but they tend to be safer due to incorporated crumple zones.

Which Is Right For You?

If you prefer a large vehicle or need a vehicle capable of towing or off-roading, then an SUV could be the better fit for you. Otherwise, a crossover might be your vehicle of choice. If you're still debating between both options, be sure to consult our friendly and knowledgeable sales team, who can help you narrow down your choices and make the best decision for your lifestyle.

If you'd like to learn more about your options regarding SUV or crossover models, feel free to contact us directly or stop by 140 Spears Ln, Crittenden, KY 41030 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving customers from Lexington and Cincinnati.

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